Well, maybe pixels. Like other budget models, the 1200MP is saddled with low SVGA (800x600) resolution, which doesn't quite match up well to the XGA (1,024x768) and higher resolutions on today's laptops.
At 4.9 pounds, the Dell 1200MP is one of the lightest budget projectors on the market--a full pound lighter than the Sharp PG-B10S or the BenQ PB6110. And although it has a relatively high profile (4.0 inches), its rounded edges will allow it to slip easily into any carrying case. We predict, however, that most users will tote it around in the superb, well-cushioned, durable case that Dell includes. For extra protection, the projector's lens is safely recessed more than an inch behind the front panel, yet still offers convenient access to its focus and zoom control rings.
The top panel does not offer many controls, but the ones it has are well arranged and are all backlit with blue LEDs for easy identification in the dark. The all-important power button is easily recognizable. The remote control is relatively small and fits nicely in you hand. It lacks a laser pointer or mouse-movement buttons but does include well-placed buttons for going forward or backward in a PowerPoint slide show.
Despite its low price tag, the 1200MP features a rich assortment of cables. There are, in fact, no less than eight of them, including two audio cables and the increasingly important component video cable for use with DVD players and HDTV converters. All but two of the cables (AC and composite video) are equipped with Velcro straps for neat stowage.
The projector starts up somewhat slowly, taking 48 seconds for the image to appear. Perhaps that's time well spent, as the projector recognizes the signal source (computer or video) and optimizes the image, but it's more than twice the time the pricier Epson PowerLite 765c takes to start up. There is an automatic keystone-correction feature that senses the projector's elevation angle and ensures a rectangular image shape. Also, this projector has the handiest tilt adjustments we have ever seen: just press a button on each side, and the rear legs drop down to the desired length.